Before discussing the potential benefits and impacts of Web3 on education and learning, we need to understand what Web3 is. As the current web version is web2, Web2 refers to the modern version of the internet, which includes sites like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and many more. Great services are available to users at no cost on the internet as it currently stands, but we do not have full control over our personal information or online identities. The foundation of Web3 is the decentralization of the data layer, which gives users more control over the distribution of their personal information. Changing from centralized to distributed storage creates new opportunities in fields as diverse as business and education.
Overview of Web 3.0
In addition to the “semantic web,” “3D web,” and “spatial web,” “Web 3.0” can also be referred to by its initials. It’s about finding ways to interact with our surroundings and giving new meaning to existing content through cutting-edge technology. It will come to you via the semantic web if you’re looking for content. Your activities and interests, rather than keywords, will determine how information is presented.
Web 3.0 and Education
Several different sectors’ fundamental infrastructures have been rebuilt thanks to Web3. Web3 marketplace development has expanded from its origins in banking and finance to other industries, including the arts, hospitality, medicine, and many others. Decentralized systems controlled by creators and users are the new norm necessitated by technological advances. The educational system is following the same path of gradual adaptation. This course change can be accounted for by:
Web 1.0 schools primarily relied on face-to-face interactions between teachers and students to impart knowledge.
Web 2.0 shifted attention to consolidated online learning portals.
In Web 3.0, data and resources are dispersed rather than centralized, which has affected the educational system. It opens the door for students to glean knowledge from various resources. The information is validated and stored on the blockchain to ensure access to an immutable network. Concepts like “Proof of Skill” are proposed by technology and have the potential to expand students’ access to learning greatly.
Web 3.0 Technologies
The term “artificial intelligence” refers to computer programs with the ability to “learn” and “evolve” on their own. Such programs can, for instance, monitor a user’s activity to tailor search results to that person’s tastes.
User profiles will act like virtual avatars, showcasing the user and their interests online. Users can enter their preferences and interests, and the computer will tailor and provide information that fits these criteria.
Internet of Things
Simply put, the “internet of things” is the network infrastructure that enables commonplace objects to communicate and share data over the web. Office supplies, printers, and automobiles, for instance, are just a few examples of the kinds of sensor-equipped, networked devices that exist today. Users can access the internet from any location and manage data as needed.
There is no longer any need for users to limit themselves to textual inputs when searching; instead, they can use 3D objects or images as inputs and receive search results that are relevant to those objects or images. Smart glasses and voice are two examples of interfaces where the digital and physical layers can be combined to enhance human interaction with the physical world.
Web 3.0 does not rely on a small number of centralized servers to deliver all of the content requested by users. Instead, resources are distributed across many servers to maximize efficiency. Distributed ledger technologies like blockchain are one such example. In this way, data storage is both decentralized and extremely safe.
Benefits of Web3 on Education
Reduced expenses: Lower costs thanks to internet-connected, knowledge-sharing machines.
Changes in Teaching: Educators will have access to new tools, allowing them to design more challenging and interesting projects for their students. Teachers will have more time to work with individual students or small groups if their charges become more self-reliant. The traditional model of students receiving information from their teachers and then consuming it will give way to one in which students generate it themselves.
Ease of Learning: Students will spend less time researching and organizing information. With internet access, they can study whenever and wherever they like.
Knowledge Construction: In searching for something, a report is compiled from various resources, which can be thought of as knowledge construction. The report will compare and contrast the data presented, make allusions to competing theories, and draw attention to relevant materials.
Smart Searches: Web3 generates user-specific results, saving the user time and frustration. The notes, materials, videos, blog posts, etc., from classes, will all be accessible via search engines.
Personal Learning Network Maintenance: The upkeep of an individual learning network requires learning agents to actively seek out data pertinent to a specific learning objective and then only report that data. Location-based services will relay the correct data.
Personal Educational Administration: Management of one’s own education using the semantic web to describe courses and degrees for simplified credit transfer and streamlined identification of institutions offering relevant programmes. Just-in-time and online education have become the norm. People from different locations can work together and communicate with one another. Permission is not typically necessary to reuse educational materials.
By integrating cutting-edge digital tools with time-tested pedagogical practices, Web 3.0 is poised to alter the educational landscape radically. It claims to facilitate easy data access free from censorship by outside parties. Thanks to Web3 technologies, students and instructors can benefit from a more engaging and dynamic learning environment.